Monday, November 4, 2013
Does the Bible teach that there are two peoples of God?
The body of Christ, the church, is a spiritual body that includes anybody, Jew or Gentile, who has professed faith in Christ (Eph 1:23, Col 3:11). If there is anything that is unified, it is the body of Christ. This is due to the fact that when someone enters the body, they "put on Christ" (Gal 3:27). This act of putting on Christ makes it impossible for anybody in the body of Christ to have any other identity other than the identity they have received from Christ. By doing so, there is only room for unity and similarity in the body of Christ, leaving no room for division or difference. Furthermore, the new covenant that has established this body is an everlasting covenant with an everlasting gospel made by an unchanging Savior (Heb 13:20, Rev 14:6, Heb 13:8). It has established today and forever the only body that will ever be acceptable before the Father. If someone wants to come to the Father, they must come through Jesus Christ, which results in "putting on Christ" and entering the body of Christ (John 14:6). This is true for every lost sinner, whether Jew or Gentile. Leading up to the consummation, there will be no changes to these truths. There will continue to be only one acceptable approach and body to the Father. Matter of fact, there will come a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached not just from the house tops but from the midst of heaven (Rev 14:6). God does not have plans for another gospel just as he does not have plans to establish two peoples, only one. The permanent state of the gospel, new covenant, and the body of Christ doesn't allow for there to be distinctions between believers who are justified before God through Jesus Christ. There can only be unity and similarity for everyone that can call themselves a child of God, now and forever. These children are otherwise known as the "elect", who were chosen before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4). It is God's purpose to bring in every one of the elect from out of the world to enter the one body to enjoy the eternal blessings of the Father (John 17:11). The elect come from many worldly backgrounds but when they come to know Christ and enter His body, the distinctions are forever removed. How can there be two peoples of God? Where is this disunity taught in the scripture? There may be disunity in the bodies of the world but to try to bring that into the body of Christ is attacking the unifying purposes of God found in Christ (Eph 2:14). The scripture never hints at the church being a parenthesis in history to another body but instead as the one and only longstanding unified body of God. There is only one people of God which can only be found in Christ, who have the same identity, commonwealth, promises, and household all because of the works of Jesus Christ (Gal 3, Eph 2). Amen.